CJOB What’s for Dinner – Pizza!

January 9, 2013

What’s for dinner?

You’re on your drive home and suddenly you realize “What’s for dinner?!?”  Don’t worry, we have you covered.  Tonight it’s home-made pizza!  Make you own healthy pizza recipe at home with this fool proof dough and sauce recipe.  Need a gluten free recipe?  Don’t worry, we have you covered too (see recipe below)!

One great Pizza Recipe with two different results:

Ellen's Pizza Dough SuppliesEllen’s Pizza Story:

When I make pizza, my family loves a thin crust and lots of sauce on it. I can take the dough recipe and stretch it to almost make two 15 inch pizza crusts.  My secret, I cut it in ½ and then using my wonderful rolling pin, I start in the centre of the dough and roll out and around the “clock” making sure my pizza pan is right beside me always measuring to ensure that I have made it to be the perfect size.

The kids tend to like just cheese and Mike and I love a loaded pizza.  Our family favorite is pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, 2 types of cheese.

We have done individual pizzas when we entertain with friends.  I call it the pizza bar.  I make the dough, sauce and in containers I have all different types of toppings that people can create their own pizza.  The pizza bar can have olives, marinated artichokes, sweet or spicy peppers, all different types of mushrooms, pineapple, thinly sliced pears, arugula, spinach, fresh herbs, roasted vegetables, tomatoes, different types of cheese, seafood like cooked shrimp, smoked salmon or cooked meats like chicken, meatballs, ham, turkey, pork, beef.  The list is endless.  It’s fun and a great way to get everyone involved!.  The problem that you will have is remembering who’s pizza’s is who, in my household it just adds to the fun of the evening.

Jenn's Pizza Dough making suppliesJenn’s Pizza Story:

When I make pizza it is often because I forgot to plan dinner and the fastest thing I know how to make is dough.  This is a new thing.  If you asked me 2 years ago to make pizza dough I would have stared blankly at you and not even known where to begin.

Trust me when I say that this dough recipe can turn any pizza dough making virgin into a hard-core pizza making machine.

As the “What’s for Dinner?” panic starts to set in – I relax by mixing up my dough. While it’s rising I open the fridge, pantry, freezer and haul out an assortment of toppings.  Our favourite is loaded with veggies, olives and topped with just a touch of cheese.

Like Ellen, pizza making becomes a family affair.  I make one 13” pizza for myself and Shaun.  The kids each get three – 4” mini’s that they top as they see fit.  When they make their own mini’s they always eat them.  One or two for dinner that night and the extra one or two is for lunch the next day.

I’m a firm believer in baking pizza on stoneware and I have my own favourite dough roller that I cannot live without.  For me, these tools make it easy for me but everyone is different and I encourage you to experiment and find your own personal pizza making groove.

Hockey is back and there’s nothing better than homemade pizza and a hockey game.  So, hone those pizza making skills and make pizza night a part of your “What’s for Dinner?” repertoire.

What are your favourite pizza toppings?  Share with us below!

Be Well…Ellen & Jenn

pizza dough & tomato saucePizza Dough & Sauce

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Yield: 1 large 15 inch pizza or five 6 inch pizzas and 3 2/3 cups of sauce

Pizza Dough

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (125 mL)
1 1/2 – 2 cup all-purpose flour (375-500 mL)
2 Tbsp wheat germ (30mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1 package (7g) quick rising instant yeast (1 )
1 cup hot water (250 mL)
1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL)

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix whole-wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour, wheat germ, salt and yeast. Stir in hot water and canola oil. Gradually stir in enough of remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough.

Knead on lightly-floured surface until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes before rolling out.

Chef’s Tip: The dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator for eight hours or in the freezer for one month.

Quick Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp canola oil (25 mL)
1 small onion, diced (1 )
3 cloves garlic, minced (3 )
3-4 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or 2 Tbsp each of fresh oregano and basil (45-50 mL)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (1 mL)
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes (1 can)
1/2-1 tsp sugar (optional – will reduce the acidity of tomatoes) (2-5 mL)

Directions:
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add canola oil. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, pepper and crushed tomatoes. Simmer sauce for 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Tip: The maximum amount of sodium Canadians should consume per day is 2300 mg. Make your pizza heart healthy by using sodium-reduced sauce and include toppings such as red peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted chicken, broccoli and spinach.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1/8 pizza dough, 1 Tbsp sauce Calories: 175
Cholesterol: 0 mg Total Fat: 2.5 g
Carbohydrates: 32 g Fibre: 3 g
Protein: 5 g Saturated Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 115 mg

gluten free flourGluten Free Pizza Dough

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Yield: 1 pizza crust

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (500 mL)
1 tsp granulated sugar (5 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
2 tsp xanthan gum (10 mL)
2 tsp instant rise yeast (10 mL)
2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)
3/4 cups warm water (175 mL)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). In bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, xanthan gum and yeast. Add canola oil and water. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl when necessary, for about 4 – 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and thick. Adjust with more flour or water as necessary. (The mixture should form a slightly sticky ball.)
2. Spray a 15 inch (38 cm) pizza pan with canola oil. Rub hands with canola oil. Pat and stretch the dough to fit the pan. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 20 minutes.
3. Bake for 10 minutes.
4. Add toppings and broil pizza 4 inches (10 cm) from the heat until cheese bubbles and crust is golden brown.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1/8 slice of crust Calories: 140
Cholesterol: 0 mg Total Fat: 4.5 g
Carbohydrates: 24 g Fibre: 4 g
Protein: 3 g Saturated Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 2 g

 

About the Author

Jenn

Jenn

A Professional Home Economist, mom of two, avid baker and passionate about yoga. Follow Jenn on twitter @jeniferdyck.

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21 thoughts on “CJOB What’s for Dinner – Pizza!”

  1. Phil

    09. Jan, 2013

    Favourite pizza topping: artichokes! I had never tried them before, but they were an option at a “make your own pizza” buffet one time so I gave it a shot. Turns out, I’m a big fan. I still don’t really know what an artichoke is, but I do know that it tastes good on pizza!

    Fun fact: Matt Roloff (star of Little People Big World) also loves artichokes. If that doesn’t make you want to try them, then I don’t know what will.

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Hi Phil
      Artichokes are a great topping!.
      Artichokes are a vegetable and you can find them fresh at some of the grocery stores but we typically see them canned or in jars.
      You can eat fresh artichokes. They look intimating but they are not. You peel off the leaves and eat just the base of the leaf, the rest is too tough. They are great for dip/sauces. You can take the leaf, dip it in the sauce and then draw the leaf through your teeth. Discard the leaf after that.
      Thanks for the comments and the fun fact!

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  2. Sharon Dafoe

    09. Jan, 2013

    Favourite toppings at my house is bacon and pineapple or pepperoni and pineapple. A little good and a little bad makes for a good pizza.
    Sharon

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      I love the little bit of good and a little bit of bad. But I have never had bacon on my pizza. I am sure my husband would love it. We will have to give it a try! Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Ann Roehl

    09. Jan, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe for homemade pizza dough and sauce. I look forward to trying it out soon. My son and I like leftover chicken combined with BBQ sauce and mozzarella cheese. The other day I tried a different topping combination. I used sundried tomatoes for the first time and added bacon, mushrooms, fresh parmesan cheese and mozzarella which was delicious.

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Great flavour combinations and just like Jenn she uses leftover chicken and almost anything in her fridge. I really appreciated that she shared that as it has changed my world. Thanks for your comment and your great ideas!

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  4. Amy Bell

    09. Jan, 2013

    Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Amy, I am with you, everything tastes better with cheese!
      Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Kirsten

    10. Jan, 2013

    I love a good spinach pizza but the majority at my house prefer I add some seasoned ground beef, peppers, onions, mushrooms and of course cheese.

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Hi Kristen
      Great flavors, I will have to add that to my list of ingredients to try. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. wendy kendall

    10. Jan, 2013

    My favorite toppings are: pepperoni, red peppers, bacon and mushrooms!

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Hi Wendy
      Thanks for the great comment. I am really going to have to try bacon on my pizza, it seems like a winner.

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  7. Joy

    10. Jan, 2013

    Bacon and olives!! (really, i love everything and anything on a pizza!)

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    • Ellen

      10. Jan, 2013

      Joy, I love olives too except my family does not like them. The great thing about pizza is you can make individual ones or at least section off parts of the pizza with everyone’s favorite topping. Thanks for the comment.

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  8. Laura

    10. Jan, 2013

    My favorite toppings…peppers, onions, italian sausage, beef to name a few. Just recently started creating my own pizza’s, when I listened to CJOB yesterday I wanted to come here to check out your recipe will be trying it very soon!

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  9. Ellen

    10. Jan, 2013

    Hi Laura
    I love the dough and sauce recipe, they are both really great. The sauce makes a lot and freezes nicely. The dough is really nice to work with. I can stretch it pretty thin and it holds up nicely and with the whole wheat fibre and wheat germ a great way to increase fibre! Let us know what you think. Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Nita Jackson

    10. Jan, 2013

    My fav. pizza toppings are pineapple, fresh, not out of a can, and any meat. Ham, pepperoni, and of course bacon. I would love to try it with some “homemade bacon!” Great idea about the homemade pizza tomorrow night with the storm rolling in. Pizza and a movie night at our house it is!

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      14. Jan, 2013

      You are so right that fresh pinapple on a pizza is truly spectacular. I haven’t had that in a while. Must put that on my grocery list! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Lisa

    11. Jan, 2013

    Fresh mushrooms, green pepper and ham…. Mmmmmm….

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      14. Jan, 2013

      Sounds delish! What time is it coming out of the oven? I’ll be right on over.

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  12. Jenn

    Jenn

    14. Jan, 2013

    Thanks for sharing everyone!
    Congratulations to: Lisa, Nita, Laura, Phil, Joy, Wendy, Kristen, Amy, Ann & Sharon who will all be recieving pizza cutters! Be sure to stay in touch for our next conest!!
    Be Well…
    Jenn

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